April 2: Beams of warm light fly from patient eyes… “Finding Caroline” written by Dave Slomin and performed by “Mr. Henry” SPOTIFY Happy Birthday to my wonderful, patient, kind and funny sister, Caroline. We all need a saint sometimes…
April 5: “Don’t Rain on My Parade” written by Bob Merrill and Jule Styne from the musical “Funny Girl” (a little Barbra Streisand for our favorite Barbara Balaban on her b-day). Here’s a lyric video so that you can sing along with the famous Babs. LYRICS SPOTIFY We love you, BHB!
April 7: Gotta get out, get me some of those rays… it’s a “Sunshine Day” sung by, well, I’ll let you figure it out for yourself. Written by Steve McCarthy. SONG HISTORY SPOTIFY (P.S. I know your birthday was yesterday, Emily Mikesell, and I did post a song for you, but I will think of you and your Swinging ‘Gates audition every time I hear this one!)
April 10: Today is a very special day for us and even though we couldn’t possibly sum up our happiness in one song, it is thrilling to know that the birthday boy, Bennett Propp, likes to sing this one: “Don’t Think Twice, It’s Alright” written by Bob Dylan and performed here by Peter, Paul & Mary. 21. Wow. Be careful out there and, of course, have fun. We love you. LYRICS SPOTIFY
April 15: Gratitude is the fairest blossom which springs from the soul – Henry Ward Beecher. Today’s song is “Sakura“, a Japanese song about the Cherry Blossom trees. It is performed here by the Thai-Japanese Friendship Chorus. This song is on the NAfME list of songs that all Americans should know. Check out this instrumental version performed on a Koto and this version of kids singing in harmony accompanied by a celeste (arranged by Christopher Matthews). Which is your favorite? LYRICS SPOTIFY
April 17: Once you tell someone the way that you feel, you can feel it beginning to ease… “Shower The People” written by James Taylor and sung by Choir! Choir! Choir! (These guys make it easy to Sing Daily! We had a chance to sing with them last summer at the Newport Folk Festival and it was a fabulous experience.) Today’s song is in honor of one of Camp Pembroke’s coolest ladies ever: HB to Susan Bornstein. Here is a LYRIC VIDEO if you want to sing along with JT. LYRICS, GUITAR CHORDS & SPOTIFY
April 18: It won’t be long before another day… “You Can Close Your Eyes” written & performed by JT*. Have a good time on your birthday, Gr-dairy product Country-is Color. SPOTIFY, LYRICS & GUITAR CHORDS *Two JT songs in a row?! That’s what happens when you ask friends of a certain age for their favorite songs!
April 19: What more can we do? “The Village Green Preservation Society” written by Ray Davies and The Kinks. Happy Belated Birthday to Dana Benfer White; I appreciate all you do to visit and preserve societies all over the world. LYRICS & SONGFACTS, GUITAR CHORDS & SPOTIFY
April 22: “You’re a garden, you’re a harbor, you’re a holy place…” “This Pretty Planet” by Tom Chapin & John Forster, sung by Tom Chapin & Judy Collins & kids. LYRICS SPOTIFY Happy Earth Day To All Of Us!
April 23: “If I knew the way I would take you home…” “Ripple” written by Jerry Garcia & Robert Hunter performed here by Playing For Change. Happy Birthday to one of our family favorites, Jay Schmalholz. Also, a special shout out to Sarah Guterman. LYRICS SPOTIFY
April 24: It’s been one month since the March For Our Lives, so sing this one today: “Found/Tonight“, which is a mash-up of “The Story of Tonight” from “Hamilton” written by Lin-Manuel Miranda and “You Will Be Found” from “Dear Evan Hansen” written by Benj Pasek & Justin Paul (our hometown hero). LYRICS SPOTIFY
April 25: “I Get by With a Little Help From My Friends…” Today is “Administrative Professionals Day” and we, at Green’s Farms School in Westport, CT have the two best school secretaries on the planet: Donna Santorella & Jackie Dogali. THANK YOU FOR ALL YOU DO; we could never get by without all of the help from you. LYRICS SPOTIFY (Plus a special shout-out to the Walder twins and Tom Borden on their birthdays!)
April 28: “If I were the king of the world, I tell you what I’d do…” “JOY TO THE WORLD” written by Hoyt Axton and performed here by Three Dog Night (and suggested by former WTRY DJ Uncle Donny Sherman) LYRICS SPOTIFY
April 30: “All the stars in the sky shine for thee…” Yesterday, we attended the 105th birthday party of Lulu “Nonnie” Bonito. I asked her for a favorite song and she told me her mother used to sing this one to her: “We’ Maria (Oh, Marie)” written by Harold Barlow, Edoardo (dp) Di Capua & Ferdinando Russo and sung here by Dean Martin. Happy Birthday, Nonnie. You are an inspiration…. LYRICS SPOTIFY